“We are what we repeatedly do.” -Aristotle
- How did you improve in each of the following areas over the last 90 days?
- Physical- I used my tabata sheet heavily to increase my numbers with each exercise. I found ways to make exercises harder for me. I asked myself daily, “how can I increase my heart rate, how can I build muscle?”.
- Spiritual- In addition to the daily spiritual things that keep me afloat, I’ve been reading a book called “Raising a Family Unto the Lord”. I’ve shared a lot of things with my husband that we have incorporated as a family. I’ve learned ways to connect with God and to understand my children better. It has been a wonderful journey to learn and practice those things.
- Family & Relationships- I spent a whole week without my husband and children to go on a vacation with my siblings and parents. I only cried once. I’m quite proud of that.
- Mental and Motivational- I’ve been reviewing a lot of books that I have read. One of them is “7 Habits of Highly Effective People”. It’s guided me towards music more and helped me focus on what I would like to do to influence people.
- Financial- Pretend this is blank. If I had a wish, that’s what it would be it. This has been the most frustrating goal of all this year. Selling a house and having a root canal recently has thrown my goals off.
- Business/Professional- Professionally, I’m trying to recover from having a baby. Most people see me with stains on my shirt (I blame the baby) and my hair in a mess. My goal is to focus on getting ready for the day to look and feel nice about myself.
- Lifestyle- This reminds me of a quote by Aristotle, “We are what we repeatedly do.” So that means I’m a fabulous cook, house keeper, hugger, nose wiper, pancake making machine, nose wiper, diaper changer, sexy love, amazing vocalist and pianist. Yes, I’ve gotten really good at those things in the last 90 days.
- What would you like your fellow trainers to know about your challenge experiences?
Going on vacation with my parents and siblings was a huge challenge mentally, emotionally, and physically. I really got to see who I’ve changed into. When you throw yourself back into a setting that you grew up in, everyone kind of goes back to their “molds”. I love my family, and I enjoyed being with them, but there are things that are different about me that made the trip difficult. For example, one day we went out to eat at a diner, and everyone ordered milkshakes with their meal. I passed that up easily. An hour later, we were walking down the street together and we stopped at an ice cream parlor! I was ironclad! Then, we finished the day, and went back to my brother’s house. They made cookies!!! I had to leave.
Chris and I decided to sell our house. If you’ve never done this before, I’m telling you it is one giant emotional roller coaster. Showing a house with four kids is no easy feat. It sold quick, and we got packing. Then the sale fell through, so I ate a lot of chocolate. And Five Guys.(this is my whisper voice) Anyway…. Despite all of the crazy scheduling it caused, there was never a question about working out.
3. What will you do to ensure your continued personal growth?
This is the first time I’ve finished a challenge and thought, I had more to give. Most every challenge it’s a huge disappointment because I gave to the point of exhaustion and couldn’t keep the intensity up post challenge. I believe this is because I’ve established my habits better, and that is making all the difference in my life.